When it comes to joint health, “you are what you eat” doesn’t apply as directly as other ailments. Of course, what you eat always has an effect on your overall health. However, with joint pain, science is now looking more into the correlation between emotions that could potentially cause direct pain and swelling in your joints.
And yet--it can’t hurt at all to eat the foods that help your body prevent damage in areas that affect your joints. Here’s a quick list of the top 3 foods you should be eating when it comes to protecting your joints.
Glucosamine helps keep your cartilage in healthy shape. It is particularly good if you are concerned with your knees. Your body naturally produces some glucosamine on its own, but as you age, the production rates decrease which cause deterioration. Unfortunately, there are no natural food sources of glucosamine. But, (fun fact) did you know that glucosamine supplements are made from the shells of shellfish?
We recommend fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and halibut. Fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which lubricate your joints from wear and tear. Not much of a fish fan? You can replace fish with omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
Broccoli, cabbage, kale
These are some examples, but any vegetable in the “cruciferous family" is great for joint health. Vegetables in this family are rich in sulfur, which helps prevent and slow down joint deterioration. Sulfur is absolutely crucial to be present in your body because sulfur tells the body to release excess fluids that accumulate in joint swelling and inflammation.2 If you want to add a supplement that is concentrated with sulfur, you can try MSM.